On November 20th, with early Christmas carols ringing on the streets in Korea, 3 YG members and 3 exchange students visited Namsan Tower located in Yongsan-gu, Seoul. Since it was a time when the coronavirus had increased again, we never took off our masks except when we took pictures. In fact, the official name of Namsan Tower is Namsan Seoul Tower, which Koreans usually call Namsan Tower....
The date three exchange students and four Yonsei Global members went climbing was November 8th, which is the next day of Ipdong(입동, 立冬, the start of winter), so it was quite cold. The location was Summit Sports Climbing Center, about 10 minutes far from Yonsei University by walk. On the entrance, we went downstairs, and we took our shoes off.
First, before we started climbing, we should stretch, make the body flexible and ready to start climbing. Another thing we did before climbing was renting our shoes from the center. Climbing shoes are made for climbing, so the shoes are tighter, smaller, and curled compared to regular shoes. All set, students, one by one, started climbing, with the instructor pointing holds for left/right hand/foot. Your hands can get sweaty, and this will make you slip or fall, so we used liquid chalk, you can simply ask the instructor for one!
Climbing can look easy, but you use muscles that you really don’t use on a daily basis. Also, holds are small, so how you place your hands/feet is quite important, so that you don’t slip or fall. Holding on tight and using muscles can exhaust, so it is important to take a rest. After everyone climbed the same course once, we took a break for about 5 to 10 minutes.
Vertical walls are easier to climb than inclined walls, so after we climbed the vertical ones, we challenged to climb the inclined ones. Although we kept falling, it was fun to see everyone keep climbing!
After about 2 hours of climbing, we got exhausted and hungry, so we went to GuiMaeul(구이마을) at Sinchon to eat Samgyeopsal(삼겹살, Korean pork belly bbq). We had a great time, enjoying BBQ and getting to know each other more!
We had such a great time climbing and enjoying dinner with the exchange students! Hope we get to see each other next time!
~Special tips for climbing~
Make sure to wear comfortable clothes. Make sure your nails are short because they can break during climbing. Keep yourself hydrated. Also, when you’re not waiting to climb, you can take your climbing shoes off.